Some iPhones may face US ban in Apple-Qualcomm legal tussle
If Qualcomm wins its last legal battle against Apple, it could be much harder to buy some iPhones in the United States.
The company plans to file a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission, accusing Apple iPhones of infringing six Qualcomm mobile patents.
As part of the presentation, Qualcomm wants the ITC to ban the importation of certain iPhones that do not use Qualcomm chips, and prohibit Apple from selling devices that have already been made to the United States.
Devices trying to ban Qualcomm include iPhone 7 and 7 patterns run more on AT & T and T-Mobile as well as some iPads. These devices use Intel 4G chips, while other operators, such as Verizon phones using Qualcomm processors. These parameters limit the scope of the ban and also avoid damaging Qualcomm’s chip business, which makes a lot of money for Apple’s supply.
“Apple continues to use our technology and does not pay,” said Don Rosenberg, General Counsel of Qualcomm, in an interview. “We have really been left with no choice but to say” You have to leave that. ”
The ITC is likely to start examining the complaint in August, according to Qualcomm, with a lawsuit scheduled for next year. Rosenberg said the decision – and a possible iPhone ban – probably would not take place for about 18 months.
With the ICC filing, Qualcomm is also conducting a new patent infringement case in the Southern District of California. Rosenberg believes that this case is put on hold until the ITC makes its decision.
Apple returned to CNET earlier comments on why a lawsuit is being pursued against Qualcomm. “Qualcomm’s illegal business practices affect Apple and the industry,” he said last month.
“We deeply believe in the value of intellectual property, but we should not have to pay for technological advances that have nothing to do. We have always been willing to pay a fair fee for the standard technology used in our products and Refused to negotiate reasonable terms, we can seek help from the court. ”
Intel declined to comment.
Qualcomm legal deposits this week are Apple’s latest fighting moves. The two companies have been fighting for patents since January, when Apple filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm in the United States and said the wireless chip maker was not allowed to fair its technology.
You want to pay less for the use of Qualcomm technology in your devices. Qualcomm says that no modern combined – including the iPhone – would have been possible “without relying on Qualcomm’s core cellular technologies.”
Qualcomm is the world’s largest provider of mobile chips, and created some of the key standards for connecting mobile phones. The company derives a significant portion of its revenue from technology licensing to hundreds of mobile phone manufacturers and others.
Because Qualcomm has an IP related to 3G and 4G handsets while manufacturer of mobile phones that were built a device that connects to new networks must pay license fees even if they do not use Qualcomm chips.
Apple has previously paid the license fee through its manufacturers, but stopped paying royalties for units sold during the March quarter. Apple said it was trying to enter into a licensing agreement with Qualcomm for more than five years, but said the terms proposed by Qualcomm were not fair.
The six patents in question in the latest Qualcomm filing are not essential essential patents, Rosenberg said. All patents were granted 2013-2017, he said, and none are included in the patent license agreement. Apple’s largest contract maker Foxconn has Qualcomm.